[Federal Register: May 16, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 94)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 28293]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

RIN 1018-AF21

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Bald 
Eagle in the Lower 48 States From the List of Endangered and Threatened 
Wildlife; Extension of Public Comment Period

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) are 
extending the comment for the proposed rule re-opening the public 
comment period on the proposal to remove the bald eagle from the List 
of Threatened and Endangered Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. 
We are also extending the comment period on the proposed rule to 
establish a regulatory definition of ``disturb'' under the Bald and 
Golden Eagle Protection Act, and on the draft National Bald Eagle 
Management Guidelines via two additional notices published separately 
in today's issue of the Federal Register. Comments previously submitted 
need not be resubmitted as they have been incorporated into the public 
record and will be fully considered in the final decision and rule.

DATES: The public comment period is extended to June 19, 2006. Any 
comments received after the closing date may not be considered in the 
final decision on the proposal.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments and other information, identified by 
RIN 1018-AF21, by any of the following methods:
     Mail: Michelle Morgan, Chief, Branch of Recovery and 
Delisting, Endangered Species Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
Headquarters Office, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 420, Arlington, 
Virginia 22203. Attn: RIN 1018-AF21.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Same address as above.
     E-mail: baldeagledelisting@fws.gov. Include ``RIN 1018-
AF21'' in the subject line of the message.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 

Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    Comments and materials received for this rule will be available for 
public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the 
above address after the close of the comment period. Call (703) 358-
2061 to make arrangements.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Klee, Biologist, at the 
Headquarters Office (see ADDRESSES section), or via e-mail at 
Mary_Klee@fws.gov; telephone (703) 358-2061.



    On February 16, 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) 
published a re-opening of the comment period on our proposal to remove 
the bald eagle in the 48 contiguous States from the List of Endangered 
and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (71 FR 8238). In anticipation of possible removal 
(delisting) of the bald eagle from the list of threatened and 
endangered species under the ESA, the Service concurrently proposed two 
other related actions: (1) A notice of availability of draft National 
Bald Eagle Management Guidelines (71 FR 8309, February 16, 2006); and 
(2) a proposed regulatory definition of ``disturb'' under the Bald and 
Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) to guide post-delisting bald eagle 
management (71 FR 8265, February 16, 2006). Due to the complexity of 
these related actions, we are extending the comment period for each 
action for an additional 30 days.


    The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act (16 
U.S.C. 1361-1407; 16 U.S.C. 1531-1544; 16 U.S.C. 4201-4245; Pub. L. 99-
625, 100 Stat. 3500).

    Dated: May 10, 2006.
Marshall P. Jones, Jr.,
Acting Director, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 06-4606 Filed 5-12-06; 1:17 pm]